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February 5, 2013
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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1/128 second
Focal Length
50 mm
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Date Taken
Feb 5, 2013, 6:44:26 AM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
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Memento3 by faestock Memento3 by faestock
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Critique by MercGribern Feb 5, 2013, 2:03:25 PM
I'll start this with a standard Dirty Harry disclaimer; Need to know what that is? Note me. Needless to say opinions contained below are those of me, a guy who admittedly only took a single art course in his life. Getting to it; I'll analyze the image based on the four items I was asked to rate it on;

Vision: I'm a sucker for shadowed images, composition is fantastic as usual, as the way in which the image has been setup is well thought out and executed. In addition the staging of the single lighting source has been done in such a manner that brings to mind the photographic effects used in Cate Blanchette's portrayal of Galadriel (listen to the director's commentary, I wouldn't have caught it if they hadn't mentioned it) with luminescent eyes. In addition the face itself is well lit in keeping with a Noir style. Subject is center as they should be (often they're not) and you don't get the feeling the cropping was done by someone distracted by videos on youtube of cats. Model is properly emotive with the composition and not about to burst out laughing (at least as far as I can tell.)

Originality: the only place I marked any less than perfect for, this is because at first glance it's another case of "Deviant Art absolutely loves a fantasy setting girl in a long dress posing mysteriously" and it's true! Deviant Art (and myself, don't believe me? take a look at my favourites list) do love this setup. But that such a setup exists means it's been done before. Now! before you sharpen your knives and troll implementations, there's a reason as well that it still gets four out of five stars. Simply put, `Faestock DOES NOT BLOODY COPY ANY OTHER ARTISTS IN HER EXECUTION OF STOCK IN ANY WAY. That'd be sacreligious to suggest, and wrong. But she is a great example of a great artist adding to the legion that is this sort of thing, which is about as bad as Pink Floyd releasing 'The Wall' after 'Dark Side of the Moon,' which is to say both are fantastic, but both come from Pink Floyd.

Technique: Lighting professional executed? yes. Noise not present? yep! Sharpness and depth/proper field of vision? yes, and yes. Sounds really simple, but unless you've tried to provide professional grade stock you have no idea how difficult all of those things are to get in an image. The mark of a pro is making it all look easy. This is done here in spades. I chose this one out of the series specifically because of the mix of light and dark and because it is so very rare to find it so well done. And done so effortlessly.

Impact: Without waxing philosophical or lyrical here, impact is as fantastic as always. What sets `Faestock apart from the rest? There are no wasted images. You do not find (as you might in my own) images that fill space. The subject and matter are the matter and subject, and there is nothing in excess. Nor are you shorted material either. It's another in many years of fine photographic stock work.
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8 out of 8 deviants thought this was fair.

Oh my wow! This is absolutely breathtaking! I honestly think this is my favorite from your entire gallery. It's one of those stock photos that captures the attention and imagination of the viewer.

I absolutely love the dramatic lighting. It seems to add a sense of urgency to the pose. Your expression is flawless, and the intensity of it, I think will produce some DD's for artists who use it. I also would like to see this one be your next stock DD too! :D

I love this costume. It's one of my favorites from your stock shoots. It makes a gorgeous silhouette and the texture of it adds to the intrigue. So many stories could be told from this single image! That's part of what makes stock great though. :D This is a prime example of high quality stock, in my opinion. This image could be used in art, but it stands on it's own, too. I could easily see this as a cover photo for Vogue or Elle Magazines just as it is, without any editing. It's high fashion, fine art, and fantasy all in one.

I can't find any flaws to critique. It's just perfect, a prime example of what stock should be, and what new stock artists should aspire to.
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Kaywenn Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Used as reference here:…
Thanks! :)
blackdog1966 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Thank you for sharing Jessica. I have used this pic here:…
stak1073 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014
I used this wonderful piece here:…
Thanx so much for your lovely stock!
Indu-Art Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Beautiful work!  Thank you so much of inspiring and nourishing all us artists out here who can't necessarily work with live models.  I am using this piece in a painting right now, you can see a preview here :

Thanks again !
Indu-Art Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2014
Oups, here's the link
54tere Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
So nice photo!, as soon IŽll work with it, IŽll show you, Thanks!
AmaranthMB Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I used her here:…. This is a really great shot and exactly what I was looking for :)
neith13 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Used here: . Thank u ...
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